Honored Kid

Caden W.

Age 17
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Location

Macungie, PA, US

Diagnosis

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Date of Diagnosis

August 2016

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

St. Lukes Hospital The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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My Story

Caden is currently a Freshman at Emmaus High School and was diagnosed with Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma (Salivary Gland Cancer) in July 2016. Initial indications started in February 2015 when Caden was rushed to the ER for an unknown, bleeding sore on the roof of his mouth. He was treated and the sore healed without further incident. Then, in June of 2016, another, smaller sore recurred in the same spot in his mouth. Several MRI’s and a biopsy determined the cause of the sore as a low Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma. Contained in the soft palate in the back side of the roof of his mouth was a malignant tumor. The tumor was removed in August 2016. Post op biopsy confirmed low/intermediate grade Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma. Luckily, no additional treatment recommended at the time. The surgery left a hole in the roof of his soft palate that led to difficulty eating, drinking, and speaking clearly. After several months, the hole finally closed and his speech returned to normal. He continues bi-monthly check-ups and monitoring. Will have regular follow-ups for the next five years. During the diagnosis, surgery, and recovery Caden never complained – not once. His strength, courage, and positive attitude was simple amazing! Thank you for supporting Caden and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.

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